Throughout history, bullying has always been a serious problem in society. It can happen to anyone, ranging from children to even adults. In the past, bullying was thought of as a part of growing up, it was something that every child would have to go through in school. Bullying is defined as an act of aggressive behaviors that is intentionally done to cause someone pain or discomfort, this behavior is often repeated on a regular basis. Research have shown that bullying can have a strong negative affect to the development of physical, social, psychological skills of the victim. Despite the countless amount of research and “anti-bullying” campaign, bullying is still a national crisis that is happening in our lives and our schools. Bullying
Bullying is something that is not something new and is actually something that society continues to face. Over the years, bullying has been looked at as being so ordinary in schools that it is continuously overlooked as an emanate threat to students and has been lowered to a belief that bullying is a part of the developmental stage that most young children will experience then overcome (Allebeck, 2005, p. 129). Not everyone gets over the extreme hurt that can come as an effect from bullying, for both the bully and the victim. Because of this, we now see bullying affecting places such as the workplace, social events and even the home. The issue of bullying is not only experienced in schools, but the school environment is one of the best places
Bullying is a very serious matter. There are 2,200 suicides per year caused by bullying (“Bullying and Suicide”). Bullying is intentionally trying to make a person’s life worse whether it is from the internet, physical contact, or harsh words. There is a difference between joking with friends and picking on someone who is not their friend, attempting to make them hate their life. Not only is bullying harmful to the one being bullied, but it is also harmful to the bully and especially to the students who are both bullied and bully others. Those who decide to live through the bullying encounter severe effects from it later in life. Children bullied in school grow up to have physical and mental ailments, unhealthy lifestyle habits, and struggle with jobs and have financial problems.
According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying. Bullying is when a person is picked on over and over again by an individual or group with more power, either in terms of physical or social standing (Young). For example, bullying can be physical: punching, beating, kicking, or punching; verbal: teasing,calling names, or insulting another person with physical harm, or spreading rumors or untrue statements about another person; rational: refusing to talk to someone or making them feel left out. Unfortunately, bullying is something that most kids will experience in their lives, whether it is because they are a bully, they are the victim of a bully or they witness bullying in some form. The effects of bullying are long-lasting and devastating in so many ways. As a result of bullying, kids and teens are suffering from depression, low self esteem, and suicide/suicidal thoughts everyday.
In middle school and high school, the issue of bullying has accumulated an adequate amount of attention to grow into a national concern. In the textbook, Sociology Now: The Essentials by Michael Kimmel and Amy Aronson, a study disclosed that 77 percent, in Midwestern towns, reported being a victim of bullying during their school years (p. 433). Bullying develops when a person is continually teased or physically hurt, sometimes both, for durations of time. There are different types of bullying such as physical bullying, verbal bullying, indirect bullying, social alienation, intimidation, and cyberbullying (“Types of Bullying”). This issue is important to recognize because children are now living with bullying and it could lead to further problems. It can make schools unbearable for victims of bullying and cause distractions from obtaining a good education. Also, bullying can be endangering by generating impulsive outcomes such as suicide, murder, school shootings, and harm to oneself from depression.
In schools and other places around the world bullying has affected people’s lives. About 36 percent of middle school students reported being bullied compared to 25.8 percent of high school students. Also, 1 in 6 students is regularly bullied on a day to day basis at school. This shows how real of an issue bullying in America is. Not only does bullying affect the victims but it can also affect the family members of the victim. Actions need to be taken to help reduce and then eventually stop this problem. No problems as big as bullying can be solved over night, so we must take steps to eliminate bullying. There are many different ways we can intervene and put bullying to an end.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services defines bullying as, “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.” There is an epidemic of bullying in schools across the nation. Bullying in schools should be stopped completely. There is no excuse for bullying to occur.
Bullying is an ongoing form of aggression characterized by intent, repetition and an inequity of power (Ma, Stewin & Mah, 2001). It is expressed through a variety of methods including physical, verbal, cyber, and relational. While it can be either overt or covert it is usually proactive, since bullies tend to seek victims without provocation (Beaty & Alexeyev, 2008).
Bullying has been around for decades and yet it is still a reoccurring problem, and it is only getting worse. The National Center for Educational Statistics, in 2009, said nearly 1 in 3 students between the ages of 12 and 18 reported being bullied in school. Eight years earlier, only 14 percent of that population said they had experienced bullying(Ollove,2014). There are two types of bullying the direct form and indirect form, in the direct form the victim receives physical harm example kicking pushing shoving. In the indirect form the victim receives emotional or mental harm by name-calling, rejection, gossip, threats, or insults(Green,2007). It doesn’t matter which way the victim was bullied it still causes
Bullying is an issue that has been around for decades and is something that can affect everyone, no matter what his or her age is. Even though bullying has changed over the years from being physical abuse and harassment that happens on the playgrounds of schoolyards to tormenting over the Internet. The same groups are still affected namely adolescents. Statistically about 30 percent of all teenagers in the United States are bullied in one-way or another (“Teenage Bullying”).